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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island- Kona Coast

Kona Honu Divers, Dec, 2007,

by Dennis, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3728.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Kona-Honu Divers was an excellent operation. Large boat, well maintained, limited number of divers. (It was off season) Divers are segregated into groups based upon experience. My wife (100+ dives) and I dove with most experienced group, loosely led by local dive leader, and were afforded "first in last out" good bottom time on dives (most at or over an hour). Manta Ray night dive surpassed all expectations- 10 mantas on sight at one time, lagest at about 16 feet across. Multiple boats and divers (40) at manta dive did not detract in the least from this unique and "must do" dive. All crew and captains (and we dived with several over 4 days) were competent and courteous. My wife had her 100th dive on one trip, and Konu-Honu had taken time to make her up a little certificate commemorating the event, a nice touch. Briefings were through without being ponderous, and conditions were absolutely perfect. November is a great time of year to dive the Kona Coast. Hotel and air fares are down in the off season, no big crowds, and water temperature is good. Don't expect to see turtles on every dive or as abunmdantly as in Maui, but they are here.
Shore diving was excellent, (we did 3 shore dives) but entry and exit in most locations involves either a dicey rock and coral entry or a long walk (hundreds of yards) in full gear. "Easy sites" like Place of Refuge get crowded early. If you go there, arrive before 0830 or come another day.
Manta Ray Night dive is a must do - it cannot be overrated. Those who complain of the "passive observer" aspect of this dive must have hit it on an offnight. Mantas come within inches, seem to have correographed their elegant feeding ballet, and the visual experience is, literally, indescribable. My wife and I believe we would do a return trip even if only to do this one dive.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Multiple other Hawaii, South Pacific and Carribean locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-120 Ft/ 23-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were planned within recreational limits, led by local divemaster, as is required in Hawaii on licensed boats
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat provided adequate area for film/ battery replacement, clean segregated rinse tank- all that was really necessary
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